“Stay Home” orders in Washington, Oregon
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order on Monday that will be in effect for two weeks. The order explicitly forbids residents from leaving their homes except in four cases:
- Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
- Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
- Going to work at an essential business.
- Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains and other businesses necessary for continued operation are permitted to stay open, but all non-essential businesses must close by Wednesday. The definition of “essential” can be found here. All public and private gatherings for social, spiritual, or recreational purposes, must be postponed, regardless of size.
The order came the same day as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the “Stay Home, Save Lives” order and campaign (example below). While the orders are largely similar, there are a few key differences.
“Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order by Gov. Kate Brown
“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Executive Order by Gov. Jay Inslee
Prohibited where a distance of six feet between participants cannot be maintained
Prohibited in all circumstances until April 6.
Lists businesses that must close including:
Lists essential businesses that may continue to operate, including:
Permitted for groups of 10 or fewer children who are in the same group each day, in a setting not accessible to children outside the group. Priority should be given to children of essential workers.
Permitted for children of essential workers across all sectors and uniquely vulnerable children.
Failure to comply could result in a Class C misdemeanor with a maximum of 30 days in jail and/or a fine up to $1,250.
Failure to comply could result in a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and/or a fine of $5,000.
|Link to the Oregon order.
|Link to the Washington order.